Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Alma Mater: (Donna) USD, Sociology, Class of 1982; and SDSU, Education, Class of 1993;
(Vince) USD, English, Class of 1983
Country of Service: Federated States of Miconesia
Departure: June 2012
For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON /December 2, 2011/ — Donna and Vince Skahill, of San Diego, Calif., have been accepted into the Peace Corps.
The Skahills, who have been married for 28 years, will be departing for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) next June to begin pre-service training as teachers of English as a foreign language.
“I always wanted to give back and make others proud of the America I was lucky enough to live in,” Donna says. She adds she is serving with the full support of her two children, aged 24 and 26.
Vince explains the couple’s motivation is to travel and represent the U.S. to others throughout the world.
During their first three months of service, the Skahills will live with a host family in FSM to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist their community, they will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community where they will live and work for two years with the local people.
The Skahills join the 1,202 California residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 27,900 California residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.
About Volunteers in FSM/Palau:
Over 4,233 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau since the program was established in 1966. Volunteers in these Pacific island nations work in the areas of education. Currently, 69 Volunteers are serving in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau. Volunteers are trained and work in the following languages: Chuukese, Kosraean, Mortlockeese, Mwoakilese, Palauan, Pingelapese, Pohnepeian, Sapwuahfik, Ulithian, and Yapese.
About Peace Corps:
In 2011, the Peace Corps celebrates 50 years of international service. More than 200,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers in 139 countries since President John F. Kennedy established the agency in 1961.
Through their service, volunteers increase awareness of America around the world and help our country gain an understanding of other cultures beyond our borders. Currently, 9,095 Peace Corps volunteers serve in 75 countries.
Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. Volunteers live and work with a community overseas to reach goals in education, health, business, agriculture, the environment, youth development and more.
Peace Corps volunteers spend their first three months of service in training, living with a host family and studying the local language and culture.
Volunteers receive many benefits, including transportation, a living stipend, medical care, graduate school opportunities, student loan deferment, $7,425 upon completion and much more. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens, at least 18-years old, and in good health. There is no upper age limit and no cost to participate. Apply online.
For more information and online applications, please visit www.peacecorps.gov.
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